November 1st! I am always amazed at how fast a year can seem to pass by. Today the sun shone. It may not seem like a big deal, but we haven't seen the sun shine for over a week. I am so very thankful the sun shone today.
St. Patrick’s Day is one holiday that most of the world enjoys celebrating. These days, celebrating St. Patty’s Day means green clothes, green drinks, and green rivers, with the loose interpretation of an Irish shamrock meets the luck of the Irish and “Kiss me, I’m Irish."
The real story behind St. Patrick’s Day begins with a teenager, who was believed to be named Maewyn Succat. He was not even Irish! At the age of 16, Maewyn was kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery in Ireland as a sheepherder. It was there that he learned the Irish language and began to pray to the God his parents had told him about. Maewyn was in slavery for about six years when he escaped. It is said that he had a dream from God telling him to walk along the coast and find a ship waiting to sail to Britain. He did as God told him ...
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Christmas came early for us this year. Our son and daughter-in-law came in from Wisconsin so we had our family Christmases a week early this year. This was our first year with baby Eliza and what a joy it was to watch her experience ribbons and wrapping paper and shiny lights. This year was our turn to host the extended family Christmas dinner too, so Eliza was totally overwhelmed with all the new faces and voices. There were 15 of us at our table this year and two more joined us via Face Time during our meal. Overall, our new grand daughter did very well considering these types of crowds could make almost anyone anxious.
In honor of our new grand baby, I wanted to add some whimsy to our Christmas table this year. A trip to Pier 1 did the trick for inspiration and fun pieces to add to my collections.
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These cool looking ball ornaments were the perfect color I was after as well as the little deer votive holders....both from Pier 1
I realized when putting my Easter tablescape together, how uplifting the spring colors were to my soul!
Even though I love the intense colors of the Valentines Day spread and a few more other tables I have yet to share with you, the light colors I chose for our Easter scape were happy colors!
We had no Easter Egg hunt at our house this year (although it wasn't that long ago that we still did that), we had no melting chocolate bunnies on little faces (yet), and this year we had no extended family around our table.
But what we did have was a peaceful day to reflect on what the Lord did for us. Easter day is set aside so that we can recognize and honor that Christ did what He said He would do. He laid down His life to pay for our crimes against God, conquered death and rose again so that all who believe in Him has His promise of eternal life with Him and God our Father!
I praise God that He loved us so much to do this for us.
I also praise Him that He instills in each of u…